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A three-day celebration of rhythm

If it's a smorgasbord of roots and reggae music you hanker for this weekend, head to the Riverhawk Rhythm Festival near Dade City. Thirty bands perform on four stages during the weekend jamboree that includes camping, crafts, kids playgrounds and a bevy of food. (Cajun and Greek goodies. Fish fries. Barbecue. Pancake breakfasts, you say? Load the Winnebago!)

Who's playing? Roots rocker Fred Eaglesmith & the Flying Squirrels, solo troubadour Todd Snider, the fun and funky Reggae Cowboys, and Skinny McGee and the Mayhem Makers. Did we mention bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis, the Kruger Brothers, and the ragged, bluesy Tarbox Ramblers? And a whole weekend's worth more.

The Riverhawk Rhythm Festival is Friday through Sunday at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, County Road 41, 1{ miles east of Interstate 75 off exit 60 (between Brooksville and Dade City). Music begins at 1 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets at the gate are $95 for three days, $70 for two days, $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. (863) 984-8445; www.wingsandstrings.com.

_ GINA VIVINETTO, Times pop music critic

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